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Man sentenced for deadly 'car-surfing' incident

(Information in the following story is from: Santa Maria Times,

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The driver of a speeding car where two women "surfed" on top — leading to death for one and serious injury for the other — has been sentenced to 14 years in state prison.

The Santa Maria Times says 29-year-old Lanie Richardson was sentenced yesterday for a June 2012 accident in Montecito near Santa Barbara.

Prosecutors say Richardson was driving a speeding car when two women on the hood were thrown off. Twenty-six-year-old Allison Meadows died at the scene and 25-year-old Lindsay Keebler was seriously injured.

Richardson pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and personal inflicting great bodily injury.


4 years for ex-LA airport cop in passenger assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles airport policeman who sexually assaulted a woman waiting to board a flight has been sentenced to four years in state prison.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says 56-year-old Michael Staunton was sentenced yesterday and ordered to register as a sex offender.

Prosecutors say he was on duty in a departure area at Los Angeles International Airport in 2011 when he took a 25-year-old woman into a secured storage area and sexually assaulted her.

The woman told friends, who contacted Los Angeles police.

Staunton was convicted in November of sexual battery by restraint, assault by a peace officer and false imprisonment by fraud.


Bodies seized in probe of Bakersfield funeral home

(Information in the following story is from: KBAK-TV,

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have seized nine bodies from a Bakersfield funeral home after allegations of improper storage.

KBAK-TV says police were called to Beloved Care Funeral Services on Tuesday after the Kern County coroner's office reported that nine bodies weren't adequately housed.

The bodies were removed and coroner's officials will try to identify them.

State regulators are looking into the funeral home's business practices.

Calls to the funeral home yesterday weren't answered.


Coroner investigates death of USC athlete

(Information in the following story is from: The Orange County Register,

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Orange County Coroner's Office is investigating the death of a Southern California freshman water polo player who helped the Trojans win the NCAA title last month.

Nineteen-year-old Jon Walters died of a heart attack at a hospital Wednesday, his father, Bill, tells the Orange County Register.

Bill Walters says his son had been fighting pneumonia and kidney failure after falling into a coma on Jan. 1.

The coroner's office says the cause of death is under investigation.

Walters, who played center, was a member of the U.S. junior team while at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana.


World's largest LP spins atop famed rock venue

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — It's a record to top all records.

The Inglewood Forum, for years a popular rock concert venue, has placed the world's largest vinyl record on its roof for the benefit of the 1,700 flights landing at nearby Los Angeles International Airport each day. And it actually spins.

So what record-breaking record is it? The 1976 multi-platinum LP "Hotel California" by the Eagles, who kick off the reopening of the refurbished Forum next Wednesday with a series of six concerts through the end of the month.

Now for more spin from the Forum PR department: The 407-foot diameter disc rotates at 17 mph and was constructed by a crew of more than 75 workers. The Forum's $100 million renovation will make it the largest indoor entertainment venue in the country.